Enthusiasm runs high at UPCC headquarters ahead of Priyanka’s visit
A street food vendor outside the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters in Lucknow says he has not seen such enthusiasm among the party workers here before.
“They are working day and night to decorate the party office and the street,” says Shiv Kumar Gupta, the vendor, on the eve of newly appointed party general secretary in-charge of east UP, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s arrival in Lucknow.
Priyanka, accompanied by her brother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and her counterpart for western UP Jyotiraditya Scindiya, will reach the party office here by Monday noon.
Nehru Bhavan, the party headquarters at 10 Mall Avenue, has been decked up for the occasion. There are hoardings carrying pictures of Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and other party leaders. But it is Priyanka’s image that dominates the banners.
Ramashankar Tiwari, a party worker from eastern UP, says, “Priyanka’s entry in politics has enthused the cadre. Party workers see Indira in her.” Tiwari has been camping here for the last two days.
Youth Congress and National Student Union of India (NSUI) activists have taken up the work of decorating the party office and Rajiv Chowk, where a bust of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is installed, with party flags, posters, hoardings and standees.
Some of the hoardings also have pictures of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi.
Shankar Gupta, who has been running a litti chokha stall outside the Congress office for the last five-six years says, “The flurry of political activity at the Congress office has proven beneficial for us. From 9am to 11pm, we are busy attending customers.”
Many in the party office were seen handing over their visiting cards to the local leaders.
“All can’t meet top leaders, so they want to build links with local leaders. Anticipating a rejig in the state, districts units, workers have aspirations and this is sign of enthusiasm,” a party leader says.
An 18-year-old girl died by suicide in Dombivli after her brother removed the SIM card from her mobile and scolded her for using it often and not listening to her parents. The incident occurred at Shelar Naka area of Dombivli on Thursday evening. The police informed that her 22-year-old brother used to scold her often for the past few months as she was glued to the phone day and night.
A railway officer attached to Bandra office was looted by three people who threatened The officer, Chandrakant Karande, 40 at knifepoint at Kalyan railway station at 2am on Thursday. The Kalyan Government Railway Police arrested the accused and recovered the mobile and cash. The three arrested are identified as Rahul Pawar, Rahul Horole and Datta Mandalik, all in the 20-25 years age group.
Mumbai Protesting fisherfolk from Worli Koliwada have cautioned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation that they will continue to disrupt the construction of an interchange between the Coastal Road and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, as the civic body has refused to accept its demands for a redesign.
Thousands of motorists were stuck on the Mumbai and Pune lanes of the Sion-Panvel Highway in Navi Mumbai for hours after a dumper carrying rubble climbed on the divider of Vashi bridge on Friday morning. The highway experienced a six-hour long traffic jam which was cleared only by afternoon. The traffic jam was reportedly right from Nerul to Vashi flyover. A Nerul resident, Jovita D'Souza, faced a similar problem.
Mumbai Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said on Friday that as the 2024 general elections were nearing, the issues around temples and mosques were being raked up. Cautioning the political class, the editorial said that such communal tension can lead to a Sri Lanka-like situation in the country. The editorial further claimed that the issue of Eidgah in Mathura and Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi should be resolved without any riots or communal tension.